|Edenbridge Town Council News
The Doggetts Barn and Courtyard
The timber framed Doggetts Barn which
is now the Edenbridge Town Council
Offices and Visitor Information Point. |
Edenbridge Town Council consists of 15 elected members and full meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of every month in Rickards Hall off the High street.
72a High Street
Tel: 01732 865368
has had a local Council for well over 100 years.
The Parish Council was formed in 1895 and, recognising the
growing size and importance of the community, was renamed as a Town
Council in 1982.
It was the first local Council in Kent to gain quality status.
Although a Town Council the town
does not have a mayor and the chairmanship of both Council and its
committees tend to be for a two year term, subject to annual re-election.
Council meets monthly, except
in August, on the second Monday at 8pm in Rickards Hall off the High Street. In addition it has a range of
standing Committees which meet usually to a set pattern. The Planning
& Transportation and Finance Committees meet every month, usually
on the 4th Monday; planning applications are also considered at
the Council meetings, enabling comments to be submitted to Sevenoaks
District Council within the normal 21 day cycle. Planning Applications
can be viewed at the Council's office in Doggetts Barn during normal
working hours but also at the District Council office in Argyle Road Sevenoaks.
Council and Committee meetings are open to the public. At Council
there is an opportunity, fairly early in the agenda, for members
of the public to ask questions, for which no prior notice is required.
Obviously members of the public may not join in the actual discussion
of official business at any of these meetings.
are several committees which do co-opt non councillors, such as
Tourism Development, Footpaths and Emergency Planning, in order
to get a wider spread of active participation from the community.
The Footpaths Committee has over 20 such volunteers who also help
by keeping a close watch on nominated local footpaths and meeting
up monthly to undertake some minor path clearance, checking of
Waymarking signs, the condition of stiles etc. This is the oldest
Committee and its 100 plus years of service has been recognised by a special award from Kent County Council.
of the Agendas for meetings, with lists of planning applications
where appropriate, are posted on the Councils board on Church House
(The Eden Valley Museum)
in the High Street and usually also on The Wheatsheaf, Marsh Green
and near the Marlpit Hill Stores at the north end of the town. Minutes
of all meetings are deposited in the Library
on a monthly basis.
addition there are two other public events. On the first Monday
of March annually, usually at 8pm in the W.I.Hall,
Station Road, the Annual Town Meeting is held. This is more of
a community meeting, not transacting any routine Council business.
The normal framework is for the Council Chairman to give a report
on the previous year, with contributions also from the Chairman
of Sevenoaks District Council, the local Kent County Councillor
and the Police. There may also be special resolutions on broader
community issues for discussion. Minutes of this meeting are also
deposited in the Library and over the years provide a fascinating
insight into life in the community.
Council manages the local cemetery, various parks, sports grounds and open spaces,
has venues available
for Hire (Doggetts Barn for small meetings
and Rickards Hall for events for up to about 75) and is the booking
agent for the larger Women's Institute Hall.
Council also owns some of the street lighting; we welcome notification
of lights not working properly particularly if you can give us
the column number.
Council publishes 10 leaflets local footpath
a visitors guide two town trails (Adult Version and Child Version) a local villages trail. It hosts a visitor information web site www.edenvalleykent.org and a free
official Town Guide.
Council Office is open 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday and members
of the public are welcome to call to see reports, minutes or to
ask questions etc. The Council can also be contacted by phone
(01732-865368), by fax (866749) or by email to email@example.com. |